Kim is a certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and is responsible for a team consisting of over 500 United Airlines employees who execute C-checks, heavy overhaul, reliability and/or project modifications, Line Maintenance Support, and out-of-service aircraft. This team handles approximately 600 aircraft annually.
During the course of her twenty-three years with United, Kim has worked in a number of leadership roles which include: Maintenance Training, AMT Employment, Continuous Improvement, and Production Control. She is now the Sr. Manager for Airframe Overhaul & Repair in San Francisco, CA.
Kim’s career includes a three-and-a-half-year stint in corporate aviation as a Chief Inspector. Later she became the General Manager/Director of Maintenance at KaiserAir, Inc., a large Bay Area-based company that offers MRO services and drop-in maintenance support for corporate jet, private aircraft, and cargo feeders. She is also a U.S. Air Force Veteran and spent three years as the Director of Career and Student Services at MIAT’s college main campus in Canton, MI.
Kim believes being successful in a non-traditional career has equipped her to handle challenges in every aspect of life. As a result, she actively encourages others to consider work in Technical Operations as an interesting and fulfilling option. To this end, she has served as co-captain of United Airlines’ all-female international aerospace skills competition team known as the “Chix Fix”, participates on multiple occupational workforce councils at the high school and college levels, and provides input to a number of member organizations which help individuals within the community prepare for viable work in the field. Kim writes a monthly article focused on mentoring for United’s Business Resource Group known as “uIMPACT” which was established to support females within the enterprise to help them achieve their career goals.
She is also the President and founding member of AWAM's Bay Area Chapter. You can visit their site by clicking HERE